CHCF Goal: Improving Access to Coverage and Care
Reimbursing FQHCs for Telehealth Post-COVID-19 Pandemic: Medi-Cal’s Options
Pacific Health Consulting Group
This paper examines the choices and considerations for California policymakers to extend Medi-Cal coverage and reimbursement for telehealth provided by Federally Qualified Health Centers — even after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Paying Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans for Value: Design Recommendations for a Quality Incentive Program
Medi-Cal, Payment & Financing
This report recommends a new way to pay Medi-Cal managed care plans (MCPs) designed to improve the quality of care for Medi-Cal enrollees. The Department of Health Care Services would withhold part of its capitation payments to MCPs, who could earn back some or all of the amount withheld depending on their performance on quality measures.
Patients with Low Incomes and Their Providers Agree: Continue Telehealth
Large numbers of patients with low incomes and safety-net providers in California have turned to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. What has been their experience, and how do they see the future of telehealth? Here are key findings from CHCF surveys.
Improving Quality in Medi-Cal Managed Care
Everyone in Medi-Cal, regardless of where they live or their managed care plan, should have the same opportunity to get timely, high-quality care. But today, access and quality of care varies widely within the Medi-Cal managed care system.
Health Organizations Advise DHCS on Recontracting with Medi-Cal Health Plans
On September 1, 2020, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) requested input on proposed changes to Medi-Cal managed care contracts. CHCF has collected various health organizations' responses, as they collectively reflect important thinking on how DHCS can recontract with health plans in a way that advances several critical improvements to Medi-Cal managed care.
Project Aims to Treat Doctor Shortage, Lack of Diversity with New Medical Residencies
October 16, 2020
An effort is underway to recruit California hospitals that have never operated medical residency programs and encourage them to launch new ones with the help of Medicare dollars.
Getting to Care: A Look at Medi-Cal’s Transportation Benefit
Athena Chapman, Elizabeth Evenson, Len Finocchio, Shawn Blosser
In 2016 California lawmakers expanded Medi-Cal coverage to provide more comprehensive coverage for the cost of transportation to medical services. This report provides an overview of the implementation and experiences of this expanded benefit.
Mergers and Acquisitions: A Practical Guide for Community Health Centers
Greg Facktor & Associates, Regina Boyle, Curt Degenfelder
Many Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are exploring acquisitions and mergers as a means of ensuring sustainability, expanding services, and maintaining patient access to basic health care services in underserved areas. CHCF has created this manual to provide support and guidance for FQHCs contemplating a consolidation with another provider entity.
Working Californians Enrolled in Medi-Cal Share Their Stories
NORC at the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Medi-Cal covers close to three million working Californians. Many became eligible because the ACA expanded the program to more adults with low incomes. This report combines key findings from survey data with insights from in-depth interviews with enrollees to paint a picture of working Californians who rely on Medi-Cal, why they came to enroll in the program, and the role it plays in their lives.